Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Film Premiere*

Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 pm

Unfortunately, director Amanda Strong is unavailable for a Q+A so there will be no livestream component.


February 28 at 1:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm

Director: Amanda Strong

Language: English

Runtime: 40 minutes

Rating: all audiences

*Films premiere at a set time and are followed by a livestream Q+A.  If you miss the premiere, you can still watch the movie (and a recording of the Q+A) anytime until the end of the festival!  Still a bit unclear? Check out our 2021 Glossary & FAQ for details.


The KCFF is thrilled to present this program of three extraordinary animated works by Michif filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist Amanda Strong, a guest of the festival at KCFF18. This showcase includes her newest work: SPIRIT BEAR & CHILDREN MAKE HISTORY, a visually inventive and highly engaging adaptation of Dr. Cindy Blackstock’s books for young readers. Like Blackstock’s much-loved stories about Spirit Bear, Strong’s 28-minute stop-motion animation introduces a new generation of change-makers to the themes of human rights, equity and reconciliation. Completing the program are HOW TO STEAL A CANOE and MIA’, two more demonstrations of Strong’s artistry and ingenuity, as well as her commitment to developing bold new forms of Indigenous screen storytelling.


Presented with support from



skeleton park arts festival